The top PS4 Games released in 2020

2020 wasn’t the greatest of years. That’s something we can all agree on. But when it comes to the best games? There’s a good chance we’ll all have our own opinions, we certainly do!
It was hard but we managed to boil it down to 8 PS4 games from 2020 we think deserve to make the list.
There are many others that could have been added but, I think most of us can agree, all of the PS4 games listed showcase gaming at its finest. Being at home meant a lot of us had a lot of time to game, so we’re sure that most of you will have at least heard of these.

The Last of Us Part 2, Released June (Game Of The Year)

(PS4 Exclusive)

 

When talking about the best PS4 games of 2020 top of the list must go to the current record holder for Game of the Year Awards. This game totals 9 GOTY awards, as well as amassing 29 awards from 35 nominations, and also is considered to be one of the best story-driven games on the market, despite the controversy surrounding it.
Developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us Part 2 is a single-player action-adventure game played in third-person perspective, set 5 years after The Last of Us (2013).
It features two playable characters in Ellie and Abby and is set in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States. The player has access to improvised weapons to take on Human enemies and creatures that have been infected by a mutant strain of fungus.

After surviving her dangerous journey from the first game, Ellie is settled in Jackson, Wyoming living amongst a thriving community of survivors allowing them a sense of peace and stability. That is until a violent event disrupts the peace and Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to find closure and carry out justice.
The Last of Us Part 2 was subject to review bombing at launch but despite this, it has thrived in sales and reviews since. The game has been praised for showing characters in a way not often seen, they feel, they panic, they cry, and, most importantly, they die.
If you are someone that feels the emotion from the games they play then prepare for anger, fear, pain, and disappointment. in the 25-30hours of immense heart-wrenching gameplay you’re sure to feel all these things and more.
Definitely one for fans of Story-Driven Games.
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Assassins Creed Valhalla, Released November

The 12th major installment from Ubisoft in the Assassin Creed games is a single-player action role-playing game set in 872 AD during the Viking’s raid of England.
The game has you playing as Eivor, a Viking warrior who has been taken in by the head of the Raven clan after his parents were killed. You have the choice to play as either male, female or letting the game decide who to be at certain stages of the game.
Eivor helps the Raven clan fight back against the Wolf clan who killed his parents before following the king’s son Sigurd to England to establish a Viking hold there.
The gear system from Assassins Creed Odyssey has been replaced with individual gear that tells its own story and can be enhanced at a blacksmith as well as be upgraded with resources found throughout the game. This change has also enabled any combination of weapons to be dual-wielded.
Enemy AI has also changed from the previous game, as they show personality and emotion during combat whilst adapting to how you fight. Conquest battles are replaced with raids where you can find the resources needed to upgrade your settlement.

Valhalla has been criticized for the lack of armor sets within the game whilst enabling microtransactions to be the only way to obtain certain armor.
The game also features easter eggs ranging from film references, musicians, and game references. This is on top of how visually breathtaking the game is.
Not a game for Assassins Creed purists but with over 100 hours of gameplay and moments of pure joy around every corner this game is a must-play for anyone interested in RPG games.
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Spider-Man Miles Morales, Released November

(PS4 Exclusive)

Developed by Insomniac Games, Miles Morales is a single-player Action-Adventure game set after the last DLC from the original game “The City That Never Sleeps”. Miles Morales was first seen in Marvel’s Spider-Man before being bitten by a genetically enhanced spider gaining powers similar to his mentor Peter Parker.
Set a year after the conclusion of the first game, Miles has been trained by Peter before moving to Harlem where he struggles to adapt to his role as Spider Man’s crime-fighting partner. With Peter leaving for 2 weeks Miles is entrusted to protect the neighborhood in his place.

The game features new and returning characters including Rhino, Kingpin, and Dr. Octavius. Miles also has unique abilities that set him apart from Spider-Man whilst most of the gameplay will be familiar to those that played the first game.
Miles Morales was criticized at launch for its pricing due to the short main game coming in at around 12-15 hours despite being launched as a standalone game.
A game for Marvel fans and those that enjoy flying through the air with amazing acrobatic skill whilst taking down criminals with a variety of abilities.
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Ghost of Tsushima, Released July

(PS4 Exclusive)

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is a single-player and multiplayer action-adventure game with stealth. Unlike most games, the hardest difficulty (Lethal) does not change the enemy level but instead, it adds a dash of realism to the game where all damage is realistic to the weapon being used. This means most fights in the game normally end within 1 or 2 cuts of your sword.
Ghost of Tsushima takes place in 13th century Japan as you play as Jin Sakai, one of only a few remaining samurai on Tsushima following a large-scale attack by the Mongolian army.
Your mission in the game is to lead a resistance force with the aim to stop in Mongolian invasion from spreading to the Japanese mainland. As you progress through the game Jin will change from a traditional samurai to what the residents on Tsushima call the Ghost. This is someone who will use stealth tactics and weapons that wouldn’t normally be used by a samurai to help Jin achieve his goal.
The majority of the game is spent drumming up support for the resistance by setting up safe zones after clearing out the Mongolian army from camps and towns.

The Game Launched multiplayer late in the year named Legends featuring two distinct modes. The first features story missions based on Japanese folklore and is designed for you and a friend to retell these stories. The second is a horde mode where you and three others fight against waves of enemies.
At launch, the game was praised for its beautiful landscapes and the flow of combat that only gets better the further into the game you go, but it was criticized for the poor AI programming.

A game to play for the stunning visual elements more than anything else.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake, Released April


Developed by Square Enix, Final Fantasy VII is a single-player action RPG remake of the 1997 game that expands on the original, whilst also being the first in a planned series of remakes.
The game focuses on Cloud Strife, a former member of the Shinra Electric Power Company. Cloud becomes disillusioned and takes a mercenary position at the eco-terrorist organization Avalanche whose focus is to stop Shinra from using the planet’s life essence as an energy force.

Battles take place in real-time with Cloud and your three team members, which can be easily switched between during any fight. This is incredibly useful as each party member has their own individual skillset whilst strategy comes in the shape of picking the load out of every character including their weapons and magic.
Despite being marketed as a remake the narrative has multiple changes from the original and feels more personal. Some side quests feel lackluster, but the game does a good job of warning you before moving on with the main story allowing you to go back and clear missions you have left behind.
Those familiar with the original are in for a bout of nostalgia, whilst new players will have a far superior game to the original.
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Watch Dogs: Legion, Released October


The second game on our list by Ubisoft, Legion is a single-player and multiplayer action-adventure, whilst being the third installment in the Watch Dog’s series and is the direct sequel to 2016’s Watch Dogs 2.
Legion is set in a futuristic dystopian London which has been turned into a surveillance state by Albion following a series of bombings. You are part of a hacker group DedSec whose main objective is to wrestle back control from Albion whilst also trying to stop other organizations including rogue hacker group Zero Day, who framed DedSec for the bombings.
A uniqueness is added through the ability to recruit and play as nearly every NPC character. They come with their own set of skills and enable all missions to be completed in different ways. An addition of permadeath brings in a new layer of realism to the game; it also gives you an emotional connection to the characters you recruit. A feature we may see becoming popular in future games.

Multiplayer brings more of the same but with a reduced roster of characters, this is helped by having 3 friends completing missions with you or just roaming around London at your leisure.
The game has been criticized for the repetitive nature of its missions and the need to only recruit the strongest characters.
A very good playground for those that enjoy exploring whilst not being tied to a single character.
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Doom Eternal, Released March


Developed by ID Software, Doom Eternal is a single-player and multiplayer first-person shooter and a direct sequel to the 2015 Doom.
Players once again take the role of Doom Slayer who battles the demonic forces of hell and is set sometime after the events on Mars. The Doom Slayer has access to various firearms and melee weapons whilst armor, health, and ammo are collected by aggressively engaging enemies. These enemies have a new Destructible Demon system where the bodies become progressively destroyed as they suffer damage whilst the player has new movement mechanics such as wall climbing, dash moves, and horizontal bars to swing from.

The multiplayer features two modes, Battle Mode and Invasion. Battle Mode is a 2v1 PVP multi-round match whilst Invasions allows you to join other players’ campaigns. The game was praised at launch for having twice as many Demons as its predecessor but criticized by some for its increased focus on storytelling.
Fancy some bloodthirsty battles against Demons then this game is perfect, fancy a quiet walk then Animal Crossing New Horizons may be more your speed (if you ignore all the memes).
Pick up the game here

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Released November


Developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, Cold War is a single-player and multiplayer first-person shooter released on PS4 and Xbox One.
Cold War takes place between Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) and Black Ops 2 (2012) during the early 1980’s cold war. You play as Bell and are tasked with hunting down the Soviet spy Perseus. The campaign sees the return of various characters from the Black Ops games and features multiple endings depending on the player’s choices.
Multiplayer features new and returning game modes including Fireteam which supports up to 40 players. Multiplayer progression has also been linked to Call of Duty: Warzone after an update.

The new storyline” Dark Aether” added to the Zombies game expands on the original story seen in Black Ops 4.
The game has been praised for adding all DLC content post-launch as free and the Battle pass is still there for those that want to spend a bit extra.
One for the core Call of Duty fans due to the lack of innovation.
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By Stephen Rands (SoldierboyUDL)

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